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25 June 2021

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, Surfside, Cristiano Volk, Death Valley, GF zooms and primes and Shortcuts.

  • The Guardian presents the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize Finalists. "All finalists will be exhibited as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, showcasing their portraits of culturally significant Australians."
  • In Scenes From the Tragic Condo Collapse, the New York Times presents images from the condominium collapse in Surfside, Fla.
  • In Laissez-Faire, Joanna Cresswalk interviews Cristiano Volk about "finding the perfect balance between dream and nightmare, the modernist impulses behind his work and exploring what skyscrapers and discos have in common."
  • Terry Gipson spends An Afternoon on the Playa in Death Valley. "Before me lay the desolation of time as well as the reflection of this day's end with its expectation for tomorrow," he writes.
  • In LoCA Information for All GF Zooms and Primes, Jim Kasson graphs "the shift of the focal plane along the lens axis between the standard, which is the white-balanced Raw signal and the red Raw channel."
  • In Shortcuts Are Coming to macOS, Howard Oakley puts the news in context, remembering the introduction of AppleScript with System 7, shell scripts with Mac OS X and Automator with Mac OS X Tiger. "The upshot is that the success of Shortcuts on macOS will be largely determined by third-party app developers, who in turn will need to decide whether the additional work required is worth the investment of coding what's needed to provide good support," he writes.

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